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    The Times reports research on Computational Sarcasm by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya and group in CFILT
      

    Research on Computational Sarcasm by Prof Pushpak Bhattacharya and his students in CFILT- Aditya, Lakshya and Arpan- has been reported in The Times, London Edition on 19th September, 2017.

    https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/ai-can-struggle-to-detect-sarcasm-vprkpdfxl

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    Thomas Carlyle saw sarcasm as the “language of the devil”, Oscar Wilde saw it as the lowest form of wit and Fyodor Dostoyevsky saw it as the last refuge of the mortally offended. Computers struggle to see it at all.

    Lately, though, several teams of researchers have been trying to build software capable of working out when “I’m so glad you forgot our wedding anniversary for the 15th year in a row” is not a sign of marital harmony.

    Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay (IITB) in Mumbai have developed an automatic sarcasm detector so sophisticated that it can spot the tonal difference between “Yes, please wake me up at 8am again” and “Yes, please wake me up at 3am again”.

    Teaching machines irony is not just idle amusement. Companies spend millions on “opinion-mining”, where algorithms analyse the language people use on social networks to work out what is popular and what is loathed.

    The sarcasm in as many as one in ten comments on Twitter is a spanner in the works, according to Aditya Joshi, a doctoral student at the IITB-Monash research academy who wrote a survey of the field with his supervisors, Mark Carman and Pushpak Bhattacharyya.

    Another benefit is that it helps us to explain sarcasm to ourselves. Why was Wayne Rooney sent off for applauding the referee in a 2005 Champions League match? When a guest complained about the view from her Torquay hotel room in Fawlty Towers, why did Basil Fawlty ask if she had expected to see majestic herds of wildebeest or the hanging gardens of Babylon?

    These questions are hard to answer, depending on context and expectations. Since a 2006 experiment showed sarcasm could be identified by tone of voice, scientists have been trying to do the same trick with text alone.

    “What makes sarcasm detection challenging is that for every statement there is at least one context where there is a possible sarcastic interpretation,” Mr Joshi said. “How deep are we willing to go to get the context? For example, what if I tweeted that ‘I love solving maths problems all weekend’, or ‘This is the best movie ever’? Then you need to look at my past tweets to decide whether it’s sarcastic or not.”

    Professor Bhattacharyya and his colleagues took on the problem with an AI programme that can detect sarcasm from the way we use numbers.

    Their study, published on the arXiv website, fed in 8,681 sarcastic tweets with numbers and another 8,681 with no sarcasm into a convolutional neural network, which can find subtle statistical patterns in large pools of data.

    The system did well, but had its drawbacks. In the sentence “$34.04 for a 10 mile trip that takes 19 minutes?”, it could not easily work out which of the numbers the sarcasm depended on.


    Congratulations to Prof. Purushottam Kulkarni and Prof. Ajit Diwan for Departmental Awards, 2017
      

    From 2016 onwards following the decision of the Senate, two types of Excellence in Teaching awards are being conferred:

    1. Prof. S.P. Sukhatme Excellence in Teaching Award:
    15 awards based on best fifteen teaching scores during the preceding ten years as per the procedure approved by the Senate.

    2. Departmental Awards for Excellence in Teaching.
    30 awards based on best eight teaching scores during the preceding five years​ as per the procedure approved by the Senate

    For 2017, Prof. Purushottam Kulkarni and Prof. Ajit A. Diwan are awarded Departmental Awards for CSE.

    The departmental awards may be conferred in the department.


    SIGGRAPH research paper coauthored by Siddhartha Chaudhuri featured in ACM press release
      

    Professor Siddhartha Chaudhuri's recent work on a generative model of 3D shape structure, using recursive autoencoders, was chosen to be featured in a press release of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) via the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The work was done in collaboration with researchers at NUDT, Adobe Research, Simon Fraser University and Stanford University.

    Press release URL:
    https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-07/afcm-md3071817.php


    Winner of Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2017 India - Pratik Kalshetti & Parag Chaudhuri
      

    MTech student Pratik Kalshetti and Professor Parag Chaudhuri has won the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2017 India for his ongoing work with me on hand tracking for virtual reality.

    Six fellowships were awarded this year from a total of about 60 competing proposals. More details on the award can be found at:

    https://www.qualcomm.com/invention/research/university-relations/innovation-fellowship/2017-india


    Prof. S. Sudarshan received Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Madras for 2017.
      

    Prof. S. Sudarshan received Distinguished Alumnus Award of IIT Madras for the year 2017. (http://alumni.iitm.ac.in/daa/list.php?yr=2017)


    "Eminent Engineer" award for Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya
      

    Institute of Engineers (India) has awarded Prof Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Professor, Department of Computer Science and currently Director IIT Patna "the Eminent Engineer Award" at their 31st National Convention of Computer Engineers held at Shillong on 3rd Feb. 2017.


    Smart Energy Informatics Lab's paper on "Observability" Best Paper Finalist at ACM Buildsys.
      

    Observability: A Principled Approach to Provisioning Sensors in Buildings" - Work of Smart Energy Informatics Lab -- Anshul Agarwal (Ph.D), Vitobha Munigala (M.tech) -- guided by Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, was a best paper finalist in ACM BuidSys 2016. Details can be found in http://buildsys.acm.org/2016/program/.


    CFILT research on sarcasm reported in MIT Technology Review
      

    Work of Aditya Joshi, Vaibbhav Tripathy, Kevin Patel- graduate students at CSE Dept. advised by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya- on sarcasm detection, which is a part of Sentiment, Emotion and Opinion Mining, has been reported in MIT Technology Review:
    Visit https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602639/how-vector-space- mathematics-helps-machines-spot-sarcasm/
    In today's open and connected world, opinion expressed on public fora are of great importance to e-governance, e-commerce etc. This work contributes to automated opinion tracking.


    Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) - Matsya, IITB has secured 2nd position in AUVSI Robosub 2016.
      

    The Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) - Matsya, has given a spectacular performance to reach the finals of AUVSI Robosub 2016 and secure the second position in the world giving the best performance by any Asian Team. The team secured the second position beating six-time winner Cornell University and were only marginally behind the winner, Caltech University.


    Aniruddha Kushwaha awarded Google PhD fellowship 2016
      

    Aniruddha Kushwaha, PS PhD student from GNL, selected for the Google PhD fellowship for the year 2016 and is among the 4 students selected from India


    Prof. Abhiram Ranade elected as Member-at-Large at ACM India Council
      

    Prof. Abhiram Ranade has been elected as Member-at-Large at ACM India Council for a term of four years from July 2016 to June 2020.


    Sanjeev Mk wins Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2016 India, advised by Prof. Siddhartha Chaudhuri
      

    MTech student Sanjeev Mk has won the Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship 2016 India for his ongoing research on 3D shape analysis with Prof. Siddhartha Chaudhuri. A total of four fellowships were awarded in the inaugural India edition of this prestigious award. The fellowship includes a cash award and interaction with Qualcomm researchers.


    Three papers in IJCAI, the top venue in AI.
      

    1. Batch-Switching Policy Iteration
      Shivaram Kalyanakrishnan, Utkarsh Mall, and Ritish Goyal
    2. Interactive Martingale Boosting
      Ashish Kulkarni, Pushpak Burange and Ganesh Ramakrishnan
    3. Improving Approximate Counting for Probabilistic Inference: From Linear to Logarithmic SAT Solver Calls
      Supratik Chakraborty, Kuldeep S. Meel and Moshe Y. Vardi
    4. Congratulations to all.


    RISC : Department's Research symposium on Saturday
      

    The research symposium of the department, RISC, will be held on Saturday. Students will present their research in the form of sprint thesis talks (short talks of upto 3 minutes), and posters. Several visitors from the industry have confirmed their participation. For details, visit www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~risc


    Two Teams Qualify for ACM ICPC World Finals
      

    Two teams from IIT Bombay qualified to be at the ACM ICPC World Finals based on winning performances in the Regional Contest. The team members are

    Encore: Aditya Akash, Sai Krishna, Shyam J V S
    NTM: Nikhil Vyas, SaiSandeep, Venkat Rao

    Congratulations to both teams!


    Prof. Krithi Ramamritham receives IEEE's CEDA Outstanding Service Award
      

    Prof. Krithi Ramamritham has been selected for IEEE's CEDA Outstanding Service Award for his outstanding service as the Editor-In-Chief of IEEE Embedded Systems Letters from July 1, 2011 to December 31, 2015. In order to recognize his exceptional commitment and service to the EDA community as the EiC, CEDA (The Council on Electronic Design Automation) has decided to present the Outstanding Service Award (http://ieee-ceda.org/awards/outstanding-service) during an award ceremony at a CEDA sponsored conference.


    Prof. Krithi Ramamritham recognized with Outstanding Technical Contributions and Leadership Award by IEEE TCRTS
      

    Professor Krithi Ramamritham is being recognized by the IEEE Technical Committee on Real-Time Systems (TCRTS) with the Outstanding Technical Achievement and Leadership Award for 2015. The award, which will be presented this year at the Real-Time Systems Symposium -- the flagship conference of this TC -- to be held in San Antonio TX, USA, is given to recognize individuals for their outstanding long-term technical achievement and leadership in the field of real-time and embedded systems. It is the highest recognition bestowed on an individual by the IEEE TCRTS.


    Akshay Gaikwad awarded for his exellence in research
      

    The award in the MTP+DDP category goes to Akshay Gaikwad, a student of Prof. Suyash Awate, who had a paper based on his DDP accepted at MICCAI 2015, a top-notch conference in medical imaging.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya elected Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering
      

    The news is at http://inae.in/newsletter


    Prof. S. Sudarshan becomes ACM Fellow
      

    http://awards.acm.org/award_winners/sudarshan_n031625.cfm About ACM Fellow: ACM's most prestigious member grade recognizes the top 1% of ACM members for their outstanding accomplishments in computing and information technology and/or outstanding service to ACM and the larger computing community.


    Abhisekh Sankaran is one of 200 young researchers selected globally to attend the Heidelberg Laureate Forum.
      

    The Heidelberg Laureate Forum (HLF) brings together the laureates in the disciplines of Computer Science and Mathematics, namely Turing award winners, Nevanlinna Prize winners, Fields medalists and Abel prize winners, to meet the younger generation of researchers. To attend the event, 200 young researchers globally -- 100 in Mathematics and 100 in Computer Science -- from under-graduates all the way upto post-docs, have been selected to spend a week with the laureates. Abhisekh Sankaran, Ph.D. student of the department, is amongst the researchers selected to attend the event. This is the third edition of the HLF, and will take place between August 23-28 in Heidelberg, Germany.
    Below are some links:
    1. http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/about/
    2. http://www.heidelberg-laureate-forum.org/the-laureates/?hlfyear=2015


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya appointed as the Director of IIT Patna
      

    Prof Pushpak Bhattacharyya has been appointed as the Director of IIT Patna recently.


    Abhijit Mishra from CFILT and Ahana Pradhan from Software Architecture group receive IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for the year 2015-16
      

    Abhijit Mishra from CFILT lab awarded with IBM PhD Fellowship award. Ahana Pradhan of Software Architecture Group receives IBM Ph.D. Fellowship Award for 2015-16. She is exploring problems in the field of Instance Migration in Dynamically Evolving Processes.


    Karthik Ramachandra wins Honorable Mention for the 2014 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award
      

    Karthik Ramachandra wins Honorable Mention for the 2014 SIGMOD Jim Gray Doctoral Dissertation Award


    Rijurekha Sen wins ACM-India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2015
      

    Rijurekha Sen wins ACM-India Best Doctoral Dissertation Award 2015, for her thesis titled "Different Sensing Modalities for Traffic Monitoring in Developing Regions"


    Pratik Jawanpuria wins the Doctoral Dissertation Award - XRCI Open 2015
      

    http://www.xrci.xerox.com/xrci-open-2015


    CFILT's disambiguation research accepted in top AI forum
      

    The paper

    "Devendra Chaplot and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Unsupervised Word Sense Disambiguation Using Markov Random Field and Dependency Parser, AAAI 2015, Austin Texas, USA, 25-29 January, 2015"

    has been accepted in the AAAI conference (American Association for Artificial Intelligence) as full research paper. AAAI is one of the two topmost conferences in AI (the other being IJCAI, International Joint Conference on AI) and is a prestigious and highly competitive forum.

    The work is a contribution to unsupervised WSD. It suggests constructing dependency graph, imposing a Markov Random Field on the structure and then finding the winner senses.


    Debadatta Mishra awarded 2014-2015 IBM Ph.D. Fellowship
      

    Details: http://www.research.ibm.com/university/phdfellowship/index.shtml


    NLP@IITB will lend their expertise to language technology development in Bhutan
      

    The Natural Language Processing group at IIT Bombay working in CFILT, CSE Dept. will lend their expertise to the Bhutan Govt. for developing NLP tools and resources for Dzongkha, the national language of Bhutan. The language belongs to to the Sino-Tibetan family and is rich with language phenomena.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya gets 3 papers approved for leading conferences
      

    Title: "Measuring Sentiment Annotation Complexity of Text", Aditya Joshi, Abhijit Mishra, Nivvedan Senthamilselvan and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, ACL 2014, Baltimore, USA, 23-25 June, 2014

    Title: "Shata-Anuvadak: Tackling Multiway Translation of Indian Languages", Anoop Kunchukuttan, Abhijit Mishra, Rajen Chatterjee, Ritesh Shah and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, LREC 2014, Rekjyavik, Iceland, 26-31 May, 2014

    Title: "When Transliteration Met Crowdsourcing : An Empirical Study of Transliteration via Crowdsourcing using Efficient, Non-redundant and Fair Quality Control", Mitesh M. Khapra, Ananthakrishnan Ramanathan, Anoop Kunchukuttan, Karthik Visweswariah and Pushpak Bhattacharyya, LREC 2014, Rekjyavik, Iceland, 26-31 May, 2014


    Success in ACM ICPC
      

    Balajiganapathi S (MTech 1), Piyush Kumar (BTech 4) and Gautam Sumu (BTech 4); Coach: Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya) secured 2nd place in the ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ICPC) 2014 Amritapuri regionals, and thus qualified for the World Finals to be held at Yekaterinburg, Russia in June 2014.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya elected Vice President, ACL.
      

    Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL ) is the highest international body overseeing activities in Natural Language Processing (NLP), and Machine Learning applied to text and language. Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya has been elected Vice President of ACL for the year 2014.


    Ayush Kanodia and Astha Agarwal selected for the Cargill Global Scholars Award
      

    Two students from CSE Department (Ayush Kanodia and Astha Agarwal) have been selected for Cargill Global Scholars Program. They will be attending a leadership seminar in Delhi in July. They will also be receiving an annual scholarship award of $2,500 USD for the next two years.


    Prof. Deepak B. Phatak honored with the Padma Shri this Republic Day.
      

    Prof. Deepak B. Phatak has been honoured with the Padma Shri by the Government of India, this Republic Day (January 26th, 2013), for his distinguished service to the nation in the field of Science and Engineering. The Padma Shri is the fourth highest civilian award given by the Government of India.


    Ruta Mehta (PhD, CSE Department, 2012) awarded the first ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award
      

    Ruta Mehta (who graduated with a PhD from the CSE department in July 2012) has been awarded the first ACM India Doctoral Dissertation Award. Prof Milind Sohoni and Prof Bharat Adsul were Ruta's PhD advisors.


    CSE department team placed first in the ACM ICPC Asia Amritapuri Multisite Regionals held in December 2012.
      

    A team from CSE Department (members: Aakash NS, D V Deepankar Reddy, Vinod kumar, all B. Tech. fourth year students) secured first place in the ACM ICPC Asia Amritapuri Multisite Regionals held on Dec 19th and 20th, 2012. Prof. Sharat Chandran was Coach for this team. Another team of Btech-4 students (Saif Hasan, Alankar Saxena, Aayush Singhal) secured sixth place.


    24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics to take place at IITB, 8-15 Dec, 2012.
      

    India, where Panini wrote the first formal grammar in the 6th century BC and where an astounding linguistic diversity flourishes today, will host the 24th International Conference on Computational Linguistics from 8th to 15th Dec, 2012 (COLING 2012) at IIT Bombay.

    COLING is one of the two topmost NLP conferences in the world. The 24th edition, happening in India, is the first time that the flagship event is hosted in our country.

    COLING 2012 had received twice as many submissions as any of its predecessors. The 195 full-length technical papers in 5 parallel tracks, 138 posters, and 66 demonstrations that will be presented still constitute no more than a quarter of the total number of submissions.

    At the time of going to press, the total number of registrants in COLING has exceeded 700, with delegates coming from 60 countries. Conforming to current practices of international conferences, there are two days of workshops and tutorials before the main conference and one day of workshop immediately after. 15 focused and topical workshops will be attended by about 300 delegates, as will be 6 high quality tutorials of contemporary interest.

    Social events include a reception in the evening of 10th Dec, a banquet in the nearby 7 star hotel Renaissance on 11th Dec, an excursion to the famed Bhaja caves on 12th Dec and a cultural evening of Indian classical music on 13th Dec. Bhaja Caves, built in the period 3rd century BC to 2nd century CE, is a set of Buddhist monastery-caves near the hill station of Lonavala. There will be cultural evening on the fourth day of the conference, featuring a solo performance on tabla by a very talented upcoming artist Shri Prasad Padhye and another solo on Sitar by the internationally acclaimed maestro Pandit Nayan Ghosh.

    Government and industries have been our generous sponsors. They are TCS, Linguistic Data Consortium of India at Cenral Institute of Indian Languages in Mysore, Baidu, Microsoft Research, IBM, Yahoo, EzDI Software and Crimson Software.

    Technology Development in Indian Languages (TDIL) project of Department of IT, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, has been the motive force behind the growth of NLP in India. COLING happening in India is a result of this long history of active patronage.

    An event of COLING's scale takes enormous energy, planning and time. The 40 member strong NLP team at IIT Bombay, the organizing institute, has risen to the occasion.

    Pushpak Bhattacharyya (Organizing chair)


    Indian language Search Engine developed by consortium of 10 institutes led by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya released
      

    Sandhan the monolingual search engine of 5 Indian languages- Bangla, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil and Telugu- a project under the umbrella of Technology Development in Indian Languages (TDIL) program, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, went for public release on 20th September, 2012 at Electronics Niketan, New Delhi.

    The project is executed by 10 institutes of India, viz., AUKBC, AUCEG, CDAC Noida (co-coordination), CDAC Pune, DAICT Gandhinagar, Guahati University, IIT Bombay (coordination), IIT Kharagpur, IIIT Bhubaneshwar, IIIT Hydearabad, ISI Kolkata and Jadavpur University.

    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya, Consortium Leader, Cross Lingual Information Access (CLIA) project gave a demonstration of Sandhan by firing 5 queries in the 5 languages and discussing the relevance of the retrieved URLs. He hoped that the public release of Sandhaan will lead to collecting query logs in large number and variety and continuously fine tuning the search engine.

    In the post-ceremony briefing to the press, DIT Secretary Shri Satynarayana, IAS informed that the domain of Sandhaan will be increased from the current two of tourism and health. Smt Swaran Lata, Director TDIL, told the press that the repertoir of languages will be enhanced to ultimately incluude all the 22 official languages of India. In response to the inevitable comparison with Google, Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya mentioned to the Press that Indian languages are morphologically complex, which Google is yet to handle.
    Press reports: Economic Times, India TodayIndia Education Diary, Micro Finance, Press Beuro of India


    Ruta Mehta invited to give a talk at "China Theory Week", to be held at Aarhus University, Denmark, Denmark
      

    Ruta has been invited to give a talk at "China Theory Week", to be held in Denmark. The purpose of this *invite-only* workshop is to provide a platform for *top* CS theory students from institutions worldwide to meet and present their research. Here is the link to the workshop page: http://conference.iiis.tsinghua.edu.cn/CTW2012/home.html


    Test deployment of project Lo3 in Ahupe village near Mumbai.
      

    Lo3 which stands for 'Lo'w cost, 'Lo'w power, and 'Lo'cal voice and messaging is an 802.15.4 enabled wireless mesh network which intends to provide voice communication facility in villages of developing regions. Many villages in India are untouched by cellular network coverage (rural teledensity is just 33%). Lo3 has two use cases: (1) intra-village voice communication, (2) voice through a cellular-802.15.4 gateway to phones in outside world. For use case (2), we exploit cellular points of connectivity typically found about 2-3 kms away from the villages. You can find a video on Lo3 test deployment here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGo5pJyNf20


    Sujesha and Ruta (Ph.D. students) win the 2012 Google India Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship.
      

    Sujesha and Ruta (Ph.D. students) win the 2012 Google India Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship. http://www.google.co.in/jobs/anitaborg/index.html


    Pratik Jawanpuria is selected for the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Honorable Mention Award 2012.
      

    Pratik Jawanpuria is selected for the Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges (KSC) Honorable Mention Award 2012.


    Pratik Jawanpuria is the recipient of the IBM fellowship award for 2012.
      

    Pratik Jawanpuria is this year's recipient of IBM fellowship award. More details at: https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/university/phdfellowship/


    2012 Inter-department Cricket Match - CSE Team A is the final winner
      

    We are glad to let you know that the CSE team A has won the inter-department cricket match. The final was held between our team and Hostel. The team has triumphed out of 32 teams that played against each other during last 3 weekends. The team was lead by Vinod Khanjore. The best bowler and best batsman award of the series went to our own team members, Wasim Chikode and Manoj Bodekar, respectively. The team was sponsored and managed by Sanjay Mistry.


    Top two prizes at Microsoft Techvista 2012 from IIT Bombay
      

    Karthik Ramachandra (Ph.D. student with Prof. Sudarshan) and Rijurekha Sen (Ph.D. student with Prof. Bhaskar) won the first and second prizes respectively at the Microsoft Techvista 2012 Ph.D. poster session. Details of the event are available at: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/techvista2012/


    Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan among recipients of the 2011 IBM Faculty Award
      

    Prof. Ganesh Ramakrishnan is among the recipients of the 2011 IBM Faculty Award. Complete list of recipients is here.


    Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award for Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya.
      

    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya has been awarded a $10000 Yahoo! Faculty Research and Engagement award for a proposal in the area of Machine translation.


    Karthik Ramachandra receives Yahoo! Key Scientific Challenges Program award and Microsoft Research (India) Ph.D. Fellowship award for 2011.
      

    Karthik Ramachandra, a Ph.D student with Prof. S. Sudarshan, is among the five MSR India Ph.D. Fellows for 2011. Karthik is also among the 22 PhD students chosen internationally for the Yahoo! KSC program award.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya to be area chair for Semantics in International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing 2011.
      

    International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing is a flagship event for reporting research in NLP. This year's conference, IJCNLP 2011, will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand on Nov 8-15, 2011. The area of semantics which is concerned with research on processing and representation of meaning will be chaired by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya to deliver keynote address at the IJCNLP 2011 workshop on NLP of Asian Languages.
      

    International Joint Conference on Natural Language Processing is a flagship event in NLP, focusing on Asian Languages. This year's IJCNLP will be held in Chiang Mai, Thailand in November, 2011.

    The IJCNLP 2011 workshop on South and South Asian Languages NLP (WSSANLP) concentrates on complex morpho-syntactic phenomena crucial for NLP of these languages.

    Prof.Pushpak Bhattacharyya will deliver the keynote address titled Unsupervised Learning of Morphology in the above workshop.


    The H. H. Mathur Award for Excellence in Research in Applied Sciences presented to Prof. Krithi Ramamritham.
      

    At 52nd Foundation Day celebration of IIT Bombay, the H. H. Mathur Award for Excellence in Research in Applied Sciences, 2010 was presented to Prof. Krithi Ramamritham, Department Computer Science and Engineering, in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in the area of distributed real-time and data intensive systems.
    More details: here.


    Vijay Gabale and Mitesh Khapra amongst IBM 2011 Ph.D. Fellowship award recipients.
      

    Vijay Gabale and Mitesh Khapra are among the IBM Ph.D. Fellowship award recipients in 2011.


    Ruta Mehta wins the 2011 research poster award at the Microsoft Research TechVista Symposium.
      

    Ruta Mehta (http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~ruta/) was awarded the first prize in Microsoft Research Techvista PhD poster session.
    More details of the event can be found at http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/techvista2011/postersession.aspx.


    Mitesh Khapra and Jugal Garg bag Microsoft Research's rising star awards.
      

    The Microsoft Research India Rising Star Awards recognize senior Ph.D. students in India who have done exceptional research work in computer science and allied areas. For the academic year 2010–2011, among the five Microsoft Research India Rising Star Awards, each amounting to Rs Two Lakhs, two will be awarded to Mitesh Khapra and Jugal Garg, Computer Science research scholars. More details: http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/global/india/risingstarawards.aspx


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya to deliver the keynote address at the International Conference on NLP (ICON 2010).
      

    ICON is the flagship Conference on Natural Language Processing held every year in India. The keynote speech by Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya will explore the relationship between the fields of NLP and IR both of which deal with text, with special attention to sense disambiguation and information retrieval.


    Rijurekha Sen (Ph.D student) among the five MSR India PhD Fellows for 2010.
      

    Rijurekha Sen is among the five MSR India Ph.D. Fellows for 2010.
    Details here.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya appointed Associate Editor of ACM Transaction on Asian Language Information Processing
      

    The journal ACM Transaction on Asian Language Information Processing (TALIP) is a prestigious forum for reporting research on Natural Language Processing, with emphasis on languages of Asia spoken by more than half the humanity.

    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya has been appointed Associate Editor of this important forum for the period July 1, 2010 to December 31, 2011.


    IITB NLP research group's top performance
      

    ACL 2010 (NLP's rank-1 conference) has accepted: (1) "All Words Domain Adapted WSD: Finding a Middle Ground between Supervision and Unsupervision": Mitesh Khapra, Anup Kulkarni, Saurabh Sohoney and Pushpak Bhattacharyya (2) "Multilingual Relevance Feedback: One Language Can Help Another": Manoj Chinnakotla, Karthik Raman and Pushpak Bhattacharyya. Prior to this, the following was in SIGIR 2010 (IR's rank-1 conference): (3) "Multilingual PRF: English comes to help": Manoj Chinnakotla, Karthik Raman and Pushpak Bhattacharyya. (2) is a generalization of (3), in the sense that it investigates what languages other than English can assist relevance feedback, and in particular the effect of in-family languages. Lastly, IITB's NLP team comprising of Saurabh, Anup, Lipta, Meera and Mitesh have secured the first two ranks in SemEval competition (30 participant teams internationally) for word sense disambiguation.


    IITB NLP research group's top performance
      

    IITB NLP research is being reported in highly visible fora.
    ACL 2010 (NLP's rank-1 conference) has accepted:

    (1) "All Words Domain Adapted WSD: Finding a Middle Ground between Supervision and Unsupervision": Mitesh Khapra, Anup Kulkarni, Saurabh Sohoney and Pushpak Bhattacharyya
    (2) "Multilingual Relevance Feedback: One Language Can Help Another": Manoj Chinnakotla, Karthik Raman and Pushpak Bhattacharyya

    Prior to this, the following was in SIGIR 2010 (IR's top conference):

    (3) "Multilingual PRF: English comes to help": Manoj Chinnakotla, Karthik Raman and Pushpak Bhattacharyya
    (2) is a generalization of (3), in the sense that it investigates what languages other than English can assist relevance feedback, and in particular the effect of in-family languages.

         Lastly, IITB's NLP team comprising of Saurabh, Anup, Lipta, Meera and Mitesh have secured the first two ranks in SemEval competition (30 participant teams internationally) for word sense disambiguation.


    Rijurekha Sen and Prashima Sharma win 4th prize at Microsoft Techvista'10 for their poster 'Horn-Ok-Please'
      

    The poster by Rijurekha Sen and Prashima Sharma titled "Horn-Ok-Please" has won the 4th prize in this year's Microsoft TechVista. See http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/events/techvista2010/default.aspx. The prize carries a cash award of Rs. 25K as well. For more details: http://www.cse.iitb.ac.in/~riju/research.html. This poster is also put up alongside the other posters outside FC Kohli, KR building.


    Manthan Award for 2009 for Hindi Wordnet
      

    Hindi Wordnet- which forms the foundation for multilingual dictionary and WSD and Indowordnet and a workof 24 man years- has been conferred Manthan Award 2009, the South Asia award for best practices in ICT for Development.
    Click here for more information.

         The award- instituted by Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communication and Information Technology and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India- has been conferred since 2003 on efforts that advance the cause of digital empowerment. Nominations are received from all over South Asia. This year there were close to 400 nominations in different categories like e-governance, e-learning, e-localization etc. 45 amongst these received the award this year. The award ceremony took place on 19/12/2009 in NCUI Auditorium, Siri fort Area, New Delhi. Mr. Sachin Pilot, Minister of State for Communication and Information Technology was present. For Hindi wordnet, the award citation observed that Hindi Wordnet and Associated Software developed at IIT Bombay under the supervision of Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya by a team consisting of Prabhakar Pande, Laxmi Kashyap, Dipak Narayan, Debasri Chakrabarty Akshay Uke and many past researchers and students has led to digital empowerment for Indian languages. One of the important developments based on the Hindi wordnet is the set of other language wordnets. Marathi wordnet is already quite mature and we hope make it download ready in about a year. Sanskrit wordnet work is continuing with its additional depth and challenges. Besides these, work on North East wordnets, Dravidian wordnets and Indradhanush wordnets (Punjabi, Oriya, Gujarati, Bangla and Konkani) have started/starting. Fifth International Global wordnet conference to be held at IIT Bombay will see many of these efforts presented.


    Department Faculty Program Committee co-chair World Wide Web 2010 and Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining 2009 conferences.
      

    Soumen Chakrabarti is Program Committee co-chair for the WWW 2010 conference and Sunita Sarawagi was the Program Committee co-chair for the KDD-2009.


    Prof. D.B. Phatak amongst recipients of the IITB Excellence in Teaching (2009) award.
      

    The 'Excellence in Teaching' awardees for 2009 are:
    1. Prof Vikram Gadre, Electrical Engg.
    2. Prof. M.K. Srinivasan, Mathematics.
    3. Prof V. Sethi, Environmental Science and Engg.
    4. Prof J. Vasi, Electrical Engg.
    5. Prof P.S.V. Nataraj, Systems and Control.
    6. Prof D.B. Phatak, Computer Science and Engg.
    7. Prof R.B. Sunoj, Chemistry.


    Prof. Sudarshan, Prof. Soumen Chakrabarti, Prof. Sunita Sarawagi, Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharya and their students amongst recipients of the IRCC-2007 awards and the P.K. Patwardhan Technology Development award.
      

    IITB IRCC-2007 research paper awards:

    1. Sudarshan, Gaurav Bhalotia, Arvind Hulgeri, Charuta Nakhe and Soumen Chakrabarti for "Keyword searching and browsing in databases using BANKS".
    2. Pramod Wangikar, Ashish Tendulkar, S Ramya, Deepali Mali, Sunita Sarawagi, for "Functional sites in protein families uncovered via an objective and automated graph theoretic approach".
    P. K. Patwardhan Technology Development Award:
    1. Pushpak Bhattacharya and team, for "Hindi Wordnet and Associated Software".


    Prof. Krithi Ramamritham awarded the IBM Faculty award for the year 2009.
      

    Prof. Krithi Ramamritham awarded the IBM Faculty award for the year 2009.
    The complete list recipients is here.


    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya is among the recipients of the IBM UIMA Innovation Awards for faculty.
      

    Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya has been selected as an award recepient of the IBM UIMA Innovation Awards for faculty for his proposal "Integrating Indian Language Processing Resources and Tools and Semantic Search Capabilities with the UIMA Platform". The award amount is USD 15,000.


    Vinay Namboodiri (EE) and Aniruddha Joshi (CSE) win the second and the third prizes at TECHVISTA.
      

    PhD students Vinay Namboodiri (EE) and Aniruddha Joshi (CSE) won the second and third prizes for their posters at TECHVISTA organized by Microsoft Research, India. Their PhD topics, respectively, are "Image Deblurring and Denoising using Diffusion" and "Nadi Tarangini-Ayurvedic Pulse-based diagnostic system incorporating machine learning". Their respective guides are Prof. Subhasis Chaudhari and Prof. Sharat Chandran.


    Anand, research scholar in the CSE Department working on Machine Translation, won the second prize (Rs 50000) in Techvista - the annual flagship event of Microsoft Research India- held at IISc Bangalore. Read the research paper here.
      

    Microsoft Research India held its annual flagship event TechVista on 23rd January 2007 at IISc, Bangalore - a one day research symposium featuring some of the best known scientists and researchers from across the world as speakers. It had an audience of more than 750 people from across the country, consisting of senior researchers, scientists, professors, students and industry, as well as representatives from the government. TechVista 2007 had an exhibition to showcase the PhD research done at leading educational institutions across India in the form of posters or demos. Senior Microsoft Research executives and select delegates evaluated the exhibited projects and top two projects were given awards. Anand, research scholar working on MT (advisor: Prof. Pushpak Bhattacharyya) won the second prize in the event for his work "Some Issues in Automatic Evaluation of English-Hindi MT: More Blues for BLEU". The paper can be seen here.


    The CSE-IITB team of undergraduate students - Harsh Jain, Varun Kanade and Bhaskara Aditya has won the ACM ICPC Regional Finals held at Amrita University, Coimbatore
      

    The CSE-IITB team of undergraduate students - Harsh Jain, Varun Kanade and Bhaskara Aditya has won the ACM ICPC Regional Finals held at Amrita University, Coimbatore


    Shetal Shah (Ph.D. student), has won the IBM IRL Outstanding Research Scholar award for 2005.
      

    Shetal Shah (Ph.D. student), has won the IBM IRL Outstanding Research Scholar award for 2005.


    The IIT Bombay Team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Chinmay Karande and Sudeep Juvekar has won the ACM ICPC regional finals held in Kolkata.
      

    The IIT Bombay Team consisting of Nitin Gupta, Chinmay Karande and Sudeep Juvekar has won the ACM ICPC regional finals held in Kolkata.

    ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest (ACM ICPC) is the largest computer programming contest in the world. The ACM ICPC is an activity of the ACM that provides college students with an opportunity to demonstrate and sharpen their problem-solving and computing skills.

    The ACM ICPC Asia Regional Contests invite Asian students to meet, establish friendships and promote fair competition in programming. There are eleven sites in Asia region.

    IITB's winning team will participate in the world finals which will be held in USA in April 2006.


    Prof. Supratik Chakraborty has been awarded the INAE Young Engineer Award for the year 2005.
      

    Prof. Supratik Chakraborty has been awarded the INAE Young Engineer Award for the year 2005.

    The Indian National Academy of Engineering (INAE) was established in 1987 to promote the advancement of and excellence in the practice of engineering and technology and the related sciences and disciplines. It is a 'Peer' body of the most distinguished engineers from the entire spectrum of engineering profession in the Government, R&D Laboratories, Academia, Services and Industry.

    With a view to promoting the pursuit of excellence in the field of Engineering, the Academy has instituted INAE "Young Engineer Award" and is implementing it since 1996. This is a very prestigious award of the Academy. The award is finalized by a committee of distinguished Fellows of INAE after a very rigorous national level scrutiny.


    Rukma P. Verlekar (M.Tech-2) awarded scholarship by Goa government
      

    22nd July 2005 - A student of the department - Ms. Rukma P. Verlekar (M.Tech-2) has been chosen under the "Goa Scholars Scheme" offered by the Goa government. Under this scheme, Rukma will receive a Rs. 2 Lakh per year scholarship.


    Harsh Jain wins IBM Linux Scholars Challenge, 2004
      

    Harsh Jain, a third-year undergraduate student was among the 20 students judged winners of the IBM Linux Scholars Challenge, 2004. Winners will receive an IBM laptop from the ThinkPad T-Series.


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